Weatherby J.P. Sauer Mark V Varmintmaster .224 Wby Mag 24″ Bolt Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $2725

LSB#: 230920DY001

Make: Weatherby

Model: Mark V Varmintmaster

Serial Number: S4923

Year of Manufacture: 1966

Caliber: .224 Weatherby Magnum

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine

Markings: The left side of the shank is marked “Weatherby / .224 MAGNUM”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number “S4923”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MARK V / VARMINTMASTER”, “Weatherby / PAT. PEND.”, and has three pin motifs at the rear. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “4923”. The right side of the shank is marked “MADE IN W. GERMANY”.

Barrel Length: 24”

Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of Buehler bases and rings holding a Weatherby Imperial 6×32 scope with a fine crosshair. The scope has scattered nicks and scratches and the glass is clear. The scope rates in about Very Good-Plus condition.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one piece skip-line checkered walnut with a high gloss finish, a raised Monte Carlo comb with a cheekpiece, a capped pistol grip, and a solid brown rubber Weatherby recoil pad. There is a rosewood grip cap with tan spacer and a tan diamond shaped piece of wood inlet into its bottom surface. There is also a rosewood nose cap with a tan spacer. There is a sling stud in the belly and on the forend. There are scattered compressions, draglines and some scuffs throughout the wood. Notable scuffs can be seen on the cheek piece and there is also a higher concentration of draglines on the left side as well behind the cheekpiece. There is a small impact mark on the right edge of the pistol grip. There is general handling wear. The checkering is sharp and there are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The recoil pad shows light discoloration and some black marks on the edge of the heel and toe. The stock is in Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. There is some scattered freckled surface oxidation on the lower metal components. There are some light scuffs on the barrel and there is finish loss on the edge of the muzzle. Two notable spots of pitting are visible on the right side of the barrel just ahead of the stock and there is some scattered lighter pitting near the muzzle. There are some little marks through the finish on the bolt knob There are light handling marks. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is light and crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the previously described scope.

Our Assessment: The Weatherby Varmintmaster is a lighter quicker-handling version of the Weatherby Mark V. It was first offered for sale in 1963 in two barrel lengths: a 24-inch standard weight and 26-inch heavy weight. It is a scaled down receiver with 6 lugs, instead of 9, to better handle smaller cartridges. The Weatherby Mark V rifles are considered prestigious or luxury firearms by many. This is due in part to Roy Weatherby who presented the rifles to royalty, politicians, gun writers and actors including Prince Abdorreza Pahlavi of Iran, Generals James Doolittle and Chuck Yeager, Jack O’Connor, Warren Page, Elgin Gates and Lorne Greene and was able to use this fact as a marketing tool. This rifle is in great condition and comes installed with a nice Weatherby factory scope; it will sit nicely in an esteemed Weatherby collection. Please see our photos and good luck!


Weatherby J.P. Sauer Mark V Varmintmaster .224 Wby Mag 24" Bolt Rifle C&R
Weatherby J.P. Sauer Mark V Varmintmaster .224 Wby Mag 24″ Bolt Rifle C&R